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by Al_Seever
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rare night of railfanning
Replies: 0
Views: 1226

Rare night of railfanning

Biking home this past October, had to detour a few blocks and ended up crossing the BNSF at 14th Ave NE. Much to my surprise, Amtrak was coming. Nothing special, just fun to see a train.

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN

[youtube] https://youtu.be/TVxMwRM8xtM [/youtube]
by Al_Seever
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: C&O 1309 Is Back Under Steam At Last!
Replies: 4
Views: 2325

Re: C&O 1309 Is Back Under Steam At Last!

Quite a bit of work and a bumpy ride to get this far. Awesome.

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN
by Al_Seever
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates
Replies: 5
Views: 3647

Re: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

Got it! Thanks, Mark. Just sent you a DM.

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN
by Al_Seever
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates
Replies: 5
Views: 3647

Re: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

Saw this a few weeks ago! Damn. I feel for the crew.

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN
by Al_Seever
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Gets New Spool rings soon.
Replies: 4
Views: 2227

Re: 261 Gets New Spool rings soon.

That's great news, Mark! The 261 and team have brought much happiness and goodness to so many over the years.

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN
by Al_Seever
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: R.I.P Burlington John
Replies: 5
Views: 3900

Re: R.I.P Burlington John

That's so sad. He was a good guy.

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN
by Al_Seever
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief
Replies: 7
Views: 5537

Re: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief

Thanks for sharing, Fitz. That's a wonderful story!

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN
by Al_Seever
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief
Replies: 7
Views: 5537

Re: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief

Thanks for explaining the track issue, John. I wasn't aware that a station platform can cause issues.
The folks on the train were kind and polite. Live and let live I say.

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN
by Al_Seever
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Will the Y6 stay in Roanoke or return to St. Louis?"
Replies: 4
Views: 4390

Re: "Will the Y6 stay in Roanoke or return to St. Louis?"

FWIW, I hope the old girl stays where she is. Maybe the museums can make a trade?

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN
by Al_Seever
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief
Replies: 7
Views: 5537

Re: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief

I had seven days in Flagstaff, and saw many friends, a billion stars at night, mountains, pine trees, deer, elk, and one skunk. An all day pass on the bus is only $2.50 around town. Great way to get around. Watched some trains along the way. Got plenty of rest and good times in. Before I knew it, it...
by Al_Seever
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief
Replies: 7
Views: 5537

Re: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief

The train arrived about 20 minutes early. Many of the passengers were from a religion that frowns on planes from what I was told. Most men had Abe Lincoln like beards, and black hats. The women all wore dresses, and many had a small white hat on. Kinda felt like I stepped back into the 1800s. Shortl...
by Al_Seever
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief
Replies: 7
Views: 5537

Took a ride on the Southwest Chief

I've thought about this for a long time. This past January 14th I rode Amtrak's Southwest Chief from Albuquerque, NM to Flagstaff, AZ. I flew Southwest Airlines to ABQ. From the airport, it's easy to get to the depot. I paid a $1.00 bus fare on the Route 50, and it dropped me off at the Alvarado Tra...
by Al_Seever
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Gets Pickled
Replies: 5
Views: 4427

Re: 261 Gets Pickled

Thanks, Mark! I'll send you a PM.

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN
by Al_Seever
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missed it by that much...
Replies: 3
Views: 3702

Re: Missed it by that much...

Hi Mark! Yeah, that's the million dollar question. The New Mexico commuter train runs up to Santa Fe. There's a wye further along at French that could handle the locomotive. With enough funding and legal contracts with BNSF, I bet the locomotive could be moved hot to the Grand Canyon Railway. They'v...
by Al_Seever
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missed it by that much...
Replies: 3
Views: 3702

Missed it by that much...

I was in Albuquerque, NM on January 15th. ATSF 2926 was steamed up the day before. Darn.
*facepalm*

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... e-blowdown

Al Seever
Minneapolis, MN

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